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The White House

The White House is one of the most easily recognizable buildings on earth, yet shrouded in mystery and power.

Nearby Attractions

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National Security Council HQ
The famous site of the NSC's cover-up of the Iran-Contra paper trail.
President Andrew Jackson
An American soldier and statesman, involved in the controversial Trail of Tears, but also famous for making the White House accessible to the public and for listening to the people.
Lincoln Memorial
Learn about Lincoln, who led America through the Civil War and the Thirteenth Amendment. He was the first American president to be assassinated.
James A Garfield
Learn about James Garfield, who was assassinated after only a few months in office.
William McKinley
The 25th president of the United States, and the 3rd president to get assassinated when in office.
John F. Kennedy
JFK is famous for the Bay of Pigs invasion and the Cuban missile crisis, as well as being assassinated early in his presidency.

Related Tours

Private Full Day Highlights of D.C.
As America’s cultural center, Washington DC is more than just the home of the President. DC is rich in history, proud in heritage, and a fascinating multi-layered destination.
 
  • Stand in awe of the Washington Monument, once the tallest structure in the world in 1884.
  • Admire the Lincoln Memorial - see if you can spot the carved mistake on a word on the north wall - it’s been touched up, but can still be seen.  
  • Learn about the importance of the Potomac River on the history of the city.
  • See DC’s ‘Big 3’: the Capitol, White House and Supreme Court. 
  • See the first equestrian statue ever made in the United States. 
  • Enjoy a delicious local lunch of your choice of DC eatery (paid locally by guest).  
  • Immerse yourself in the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.  
  • Explore the National Museum of American History, home to the original Star-Spangled Banner. 
  • Discover which DC home has 35 bathrooms, 412 doors, 147 windows and 6 stories. 
At 68-square-miles, Washington DC has more than the political arena with which to seduce its many visitors, from the secrets of the FBI Building, CIA Headquarters to over 70 museums devoted to almost every topic, including an International Spy Museum, American Indian art and African-American culture. On your DC in a Day: Full Day Highlights Tour you will discover the heart and soul of America’s capital district, on a guided journey to its key attractions that do DC justice - politics and all.
 
As you discuss the city’s role in historical events, you will journey around DC’s most famous memorials, monuments and landmarks to read the Gettysburg Address inscription at the Lincoln Memorial and reflect on the impact of America’s Civil War. The beautiful Korean War Veterans Memorial and the Vietnam Memorial both evoke the sobriety of America’s involvement in overseas conflicts. At the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, it is impossible not to feel uplifted and inspired by the power of the words he penned for his famous I Have a Dream address. DC is spoiled for choice for world class-exhibitions and museums, and your DC in a Day: Full Day Highlights finale are two absolute gems - the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and the National Museum of American History. 
 
The Apollo Lunar Module LM2, Dorothy's ruby slippers and Washington's forged steel battle sword are just a handful of the museum’s 3-million items in a compelling collection devoted to the scientific, cultural, social, technological, and political development of the United States. This celebration of heritage, and the American identity, runs from colonial times to the present -  and is wholly engrossing, be it Muhammed Ali’s boxing gloves, the first ever Barbie doll or Prince’s yellow cloud guitar. 
Private Tour of Pennsylvania Avenue's Politics and History
Washington DC has a reputation as a wheeler-dealer city where billion-dollar contracts, cosy media deals, death wishes and political alliances are sealed in smokey bars, board rooms, and dinners hosted by power brokers in swanky Georgetown townhouses. On your tour down memory lane of scandals past, discover the secrets, lies and backstories behind DC’s congressmen, journalists, military men and politicos throughout history, from Capitol Hill, the Judicial Branch and the FBI to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

  • Hear innumerable tales in Lafayette Square, including  of Kennedy's affair with suspected East German spy Inga Arvad and how his father involved the notoriousFBI director, J Edgar Hoover, in ending the tryst.
  • Be captivated by the tales of attempted assassinations and how each was thwarted
  • Enjoy stories of how during Prohibition DC was likely the least dry place in the United States 
  • Hear about the wild parties thrown in the White House, including Andrew Jackson's inauguration party in which he slipped out of the house threw a back window to escape the rabble
  • Learn about the stories of today's occupants and the drinking parties in local establishments which happen each time another member of the administration departs. 
On this tour, all the details will be spilled of the stories the occupants of the White House - both those from the recent past, including Nixon, Kennedy, Regan, Bush, Clinton, Obama and Trump - and its nineteenth century occupants. You will trawl the haunts associated with some of Washington’s greatest rumors, indiscretions and media storms. Security details, news-hounds, senators, lawmakers, cable news stars and White House officials. Examine the phenomena of  'Fake News', the tenures of Presidents past and present, and ask yourself if you would make yourself at home in a city where politicians seem to be a revolving door of residents. 
Christmas in the Capital - Private Walking Tour
It's the most wonderful time of the year to explore DC. The crisp, winter air is filled with holiday magic, and residents and travellers alike wish each other tidings of peace, comfort, and joy. On your private walking tour of Christmas in the Capital, you will:

  • Start and end your tour with two Christmas trees - one at the Capitol and one by the White House - the National Christmas tree.
  • Begin your tour at the U.S. Capitol Building - where you can discover from which National Forest the Congressional Christmas tree came.
  • Snap photos of the Washington Monument from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial as you learn how DC’s monuments became a cornerstone of  the city  
  • Learn about the enduring traditions of the city, and the unique way each First Family has celebrated the holidays. 
  • Stroll through the Downtown Holiday Market, shopping for trinkets, ornaments, and presents.
  • Treat yourself to a warming hot cocoa or spiced cider as you shop your way through each stall.
  • See the iconic National Christmas tree - decorated with ornaments from every state and territory

When the sun sets, the monuments and memorials of Washington DC are illuminated, and during the holidays, the magic of the season lights the sky and warms the night air. Experience the capitol as you never have before on your private walking tour of the nation's Christmas lights. On your tour, you will:

Washington DC is inspiring year round, but when the holiday lights are strung a new magic hangs in the crisp, winter air - a collective joy overtakes residents and visitors alike. It's simply the most wonderful time of the year to be out and about in DC. On your private walking tour, your guide will not only show you the spectacular lights on display throughout the national mall, but will also share with you the history of Christmas in DC, which spans further back than the tradition of the National Christmas Tree, which began in 1923. 

While your holiday walking tour will be filled with stories which remind us of the magic of the season, your guide will also be sharing the stories of the monuments, the history of the city and how it came to be, and is there to tailor your tour in any direction which your curiosity may arouse. Whether it's your first time in DC or if you are a lifetime resident, your guide will be more than eager to share tales which are sure to remind you of the unique and wonderful place DC is year round. We invite you to join in the spectacular fashion with which the city lights up in celebration each year, while enjoying a private tour made just for you this wonderful season. 

Please note: This tour does not run after December 23rd. 
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